BC Soccer News, Wednesday, June 13, 2018


United Bid Selected to Host the 2026 FIFA World CupCSA
The United Bid of Canada, Mexico, and the United States was selected to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup earlier today by the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow. For the first time in history, FIFA’s Member Associations were given the opportunity to vote on the host for the FIFA World Cup.

Canada will host 2026 World Cup with U.S. and MexicoNew Westminster Record
The World Cup is coming to Canada. FIFA’s member associations voted 134 to 65, with one no-vote, Wednesday in favour of the joint North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup over that of Morocco at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

2026 World Cup: United States, Mexico, Canada win bid to hostPhilly.com
America’s 250th birthday party will have a special guest of honor: the world’s biggest sporting event.

VIDEO: Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies tells FIFA World Congress of his dream ahead of 2026 World Cup voteGlobal
Canadian men’s national soccer team member Alphonso Davies says he dreams of playing in a World Cup maybe even in his hometown of Edmonton should the FIFA World Congress vote for their bid.

Canada, U.S., Mexico hosting 2026 World Cup will ‘change lives’Toronto Sun
In the wake of FIFA’s decision Wednesday to award the 2026 World Cup to the joint-bid of Canada, the United States and Mexico, I can’t help but recall memories that run counter to what we’ve heard from naysayers. The B.C. government — which operates BC Place — spoke for Vancouver, denying the west coast an opportunity to host games. The hyperbole eroneously centred around writing FIFA “blank cheques.”

Canada to co-host World Cup soccer in 2026, but Vancouver not among host citiesVancouver Sun
FIFA’s World Cup soccer is coming to Canada, but Vancouver is not among the host cities after B.C. backed out of the bid for the games earlier this year.

Toronto mayor says chance to co-host World Cup a ‘good investment’ Delta Optimist
The mayor of one of the Canadian cities expected to co-host the 2026 World Cup says the opportunity to take part in the event represents a good investment.

Great day for Edmonton with awarding of 2026 FIFA World Cup to North AmericaToronto Sun
It’ll be more than those three or four games in each of the Canadian host cities. It’ll be eight years of build-up and other games as Canada prepares to play in only the second World Cup in our men’s soccer history.

Montreal will co-host 2026 World CupCBC
“This is a big major step for Canadian soccer,” said Patrice Bernier, a former captain for the Montreal Impact and the national team.

CONCACAF CONCACAFs CAF: United gets World Cup 2026, as Moroccan vote collapsesthe11.ca
In the end, it wasn’t close. Morocco go only 65 of the 201 votes at the FIFA Conference in Russia. A bid that has been predicted to be running neck-and-neck with the United bid, well, didn’t.

AUDIO: 2026 World Cup a transformative moment for soccer in CanadaSportsnet
Prime Time Sports’ Stephen Brunt weighs in on North America winning the bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, the rationale behind the joint bid, the work needed to be done at Olympic Stadium to host some of the games, and what this means for the future of the sport in Canada & America.

2026 World Cup: What we know (and don’t know) about Canada’s roleCBC
Which cities will host? Will Canada get to play? Answers to those and other questions.

Twitter Reaction: Biggest day in Canadian soccer historySportsnet
With the “United Bid” of Canada, U.S. and Mexico winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup, soccer fans around the globe reacted to what was a historic vote by FIFA in Moscow on Wednesday morning.

‘We’ll qualify if we have to,’ Team Canada coach says of 2026 World CupCTV
The jubilant head coach of the Canadian men’s national soccer team says the squad will play in the 2026 World Cup hosted by North America whether or not FIFA grants an automatic entry to the three host nations.

Canadian Premier League Statement – FIFA 2026 World Cup DecisionCanadian Premier League
This is a milestone moment for soccer in this country. Having the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada will transform the way that Canadians perceive the global game and change the way the world sees Canada. Congratulations to the United Bid on their commitment and special recognition to our partners at Canada Soccer for their leadership in making Canada a focal point of the bid.

The 2026 World Cup in the U.S. will launch a third era for American soccerYahoo Sports
The decision will vault the American game forward a second time and all sorts of benefits will accrue to every corner of the sport. Not least of them: the U.S. has now already qualified for the 2026 edition of the World Cup, after the painful failure to reach the imminent 2018 tournament.

Seattle a strong candidate to host 2026 World Cup matchesSounder at Heart
Seattle is still only a finalist as 23 cities await the final cut of the United bid of the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Estadio Azteca: The only stadium to have three World Cups now Mexico will co-host 2026ESPN
A legendary football stadium, symbol of pride for Mexican fans, a gathering ground every fortnight for all walks of life: this is Estadio Azteca. A behemoth that will play host to an unprecedented third World Cup in 2026. Over the past 50 years it has been home to some of the greatest national and global sporting events.

What’s Next: Answering Questions on What’s Ahead for the 2026 FIFA World CupCSA
You have questions on the tournament’s return to North America? We have answers.

Three hosts, 48 teams: how the 2026 World Cup will workThe Guardian
USA, Canada and Mexico will host the 2026 World Cup. Here’s what it means for the tournament and for qualification.

So close, yet so far: Remembering Canada’s 1994 World Cup near-missCBC
After Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, it seemed to be the first of many more trips onto soccer’s biggest stage.


Every day, we’ll bring you all of scores, news and best writing from around the web from the 2018 World Cup.


Thursday, June 14


Friday, June 15


Bob Lenarduzzi: World Cup kicks off Thursday with host Russia versus Saudi Arabia Ottawa Citizen
After years of preparation and buildup, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off Thursday, as host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in Group A. Russia isn’t a popular country these days, so the Putin regime is looking to put on a world-class event.

Spain fires coach Lopetegui two days before World Cup openerSportsnet
With only two days to go before Spain’s opening match at the World Cup, Julen Lopetegui was fired as national team coach because he accepted a job to lead Real Madrid next season.

In Spain’s nutty World Cup sacking, a simple logicAP
As completely and utterly crazy as it looks for Spain to cut off its own head on the eve of the World Cup, there is a logical explanation for the out-of-the-blue, “Are you frigging kidding me?” decision to sack Julen Lopetegui as coach just two days before he was to lead the Spanish team against Portugal.

Juan Antonio Pizzi goes on the attack with rebooted Saudi Arabia teamThe Guardian
Coach has worked at the highest level and friendly results have given Saudis hope before World Cup opener against Russia.

Composed Cherchesov hoping Russia ‘set the tone’ against Saudi ArabiaFour Four Two
For a man with the hopes of a nation – and the Kremlin – resting on his shoulders, Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov cut a remarkably relaxed figure ahead of his side’s World Cup opener.

Salah returns to training; could be ready to face Uruguay in openerNBC Sports
When Sergio Ramos dragged Mohamed Salah to ground in the first half of last month’s UEFA Champions League — which Real Madrid went on to win — the latter’s chances of heading to the 2018 World Cup looked bleak.

Glik gets World Cup go-aheadLigue 1
AS Monaco defender Kamil Glik has received the green light to represent Poland at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, but his shoulder injury will keep him out of the first two matches.

Niagara assistant referee Joe Fletcher looks forward to working second World CupCBC
Once again Joe Fletcher carries Canadian colours at the World Cup. The 41-year-old chartered accountant from St. Catharines, Ont., by way of Niagara Falls, will serve as an assistant referee during soccer’s biggest showcase, working with referee Mark Geiger and fellow assistant Frank Anderson, both Americans.

World Cup Dictatorships | Part 2: Saudi ArabiaEighty-Six Forever
Today we begin our look at Authoritarian countries playing in this year’s World Cup, with Saudi Arabia.

World Cup Dictatorships | Part 3: Iran Eighty-Six Forever
We continue our World Cup Dictatorship series with an examination of Iran’s history and the role of soccer in promoting their dictatorship.

Alberta expands liquor hours during World Cup Our Windsor
World Cup fans in Alberta will be able to gather at a pub if they like and hoist a few when they watch early-morning games during the global soccer championship. The province says it will allow bars and restaurants serving liquor to be open at unusual early hours when there are games on TV.

Russia 2018 tickets still on sale for group games, England vs Tunisia not sold outInside World Football
On the eve of the World Cup, tickets remain for 19 of the 48 group matches, including England’s opening match against Tunisia. Last week FIFA announced 2.4 million tickets had been sold for the tournament.

Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup jerseysCTV
Spain, your asymmetry is showing. Nigeria, you’re so bright I need shades! Croatia, Russia’s fresh out of Big Boy restaurants. No worries, though, your party duds will be just the ticket once the World Cup gets underway June 14.

Godspeed England and thank you for reigniting that loving feelingThe Guardian
Unburdened by hype and narcissism, Gareth Southgate and his side have the qualities that make it easy to once again get behind the national team at a World Cup.

From Riyadh to Moscow: one Saudi fan’s epic journeyFIFA
Thanks to the wonders of modern transport, many supporters can now travel across the globe to see their national teams in action. Making a journey by bicycle across four countries to see your heroes is a far less common occurrence, however.

Russian hooligans in World Cup crackdown after 2016 rampageAP
At their peak, Russian hooligans felt like gods. But ahead of the World Cup, Russian authorities are cracking down on the hooligan culture in football. Groups which wreaked havoc two years ago report surveillance and threats from law enforcement.

Argentina prisoners call hunger strike to get TV fixed in time for World CupESPN
Nine prisoners in an Argentine prison have gone on a hunger strike to press authorities to repair the cable TV so they can watch the World Cup.

How Mexico’s World Cup run can build bridges across the US borderThe Guardian
There is no better time than this summer for soccer to serve as a unifier rather than a divider for our continent.


2018 World Cup Group A Preview: Uruguay Favored; All Eyes on Salah, HostsSI.com
Like all good hosts should, Russia is in Group A to make everyone else feel comfortable. With Uruguay the favorite to advance out of the group, Egypt hopeful it will have a fully fit Mohamed Salah and Saudi Arabia considered an even match, Russia has its work cut out to avoid embarrassment on home soil at the 2018 World Cup.

World Cup Group B preview: Cristiano Ronaldo has a pretty clear path to advanceL.A. Times
Portugal is joined by Spain, Iran and Morocco in Group B of the World Cup in Russia. Here’s a look at each team.

World Cup 2018 Group C preview: France … and then who?Yahoo Sports
It’s basically a beefed-up version of Group A. France, barring a meltdown, should go through. Australia, barring the invention of a potion that makes Tim Cahill 10 years younger, probably won’t. That leaves Denmark and Peru as the two candidates for one knockout round spot. They square off on the third day of the tournament – the first of Group C. Their matchup will set the tone for the remainder of the round robin.

2018 World Cup Group D Preview: Argentina, Croatia Class of Deadly GroupSI.com
Not every team at the World Cup feels worthy of knockout stage competition, but Group D is unique: Argentina, Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia are all capable of making a run, at least to the round of 16. But for the Group D favorite, Argentina, nothing short of a trophy will satisfy.

2018 World Cup Group E Preview: It’s Brazil and Three Challengers for SecondSI.com
Group E at Russia’s 2018 World Cup isn’t the most star-laden or high-profile, but there’s an argument to be made for all four sides to go through, paced by one giant and three capable contenders. Brazil will go through barring disaster—when combining talent and recent form, Brazil is arguably the team to beat across the entire tournament.

Group F World Cup Preview: Germany’s trend-snapping quest; skipper’s record-breaking featFox Sports
2014 winners Germany will be looking to avoid making the same mistake that Spain and Italy did as holders, by not making it out of the group stage.

World Cup Group G Preview: two giants against two rookiesChicago Tribune
The moment of truth has arrived for a Belgium side filled with talent. After enduring lackluster World Cups, the Belgians once again provide hope like they did in Mexico 1986 when they reached the semifinals.

World Cup 2018: your guide to Group HIrish Times
This looks to be one of the most even groups with all four teams laying claim to last 16 spots.

Your complete guide to all 736 players at the 2018 World CupThe Guardian
Biographies of every player in all 32 squads in Russia, including caps, goals, nicknames, hobbies and, once the tournament starts, ratings for every performance.


FIFA World Cup on TSN and CTV – Broadcast ScheduleTSN
All matches will be broadcast live on TSN, CTV, TSN 2.

Best places to watch the FIFA World Cup in VancouverDaily Hive
Even though the Canadian men’s national team didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Canucks still love to watch the tournament along with the rest of the world (especially when there is food and beer involved).




SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018, 2:00 PM PT



There’s a teenage lesson in Alphonso Davies being named MLS player of the weekThe Province
Alphonso Davies isn’t the first teenager to win Major League Soccer’s player of the week, but each name on the list tells a tale that is useful in contemplating his future.

Whitecaps players predict Russia 2018 World CupRed Nation Online
Vancouver Whitecaps FC players have chimed in and made their bold, and brave predictions. Several have shown support for teammate Kendall Waston who will represent Costa Rica. Who do Caps players have lifting FIFA World Cup Trophy?

MLS Week 16: Ranking the gamesAJC
Ranking this week’s MLS games from best to worst.

Struggling Impact are running out of time to turn things aroundMontreal Gazette
Montreal plays a home-and-away series against sixth-place Orlando City and is in desperate need of a couple of wins to salvage the season.

New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 2018 MLS Match PreviewMLS
The New York Red Bulls continue to slog through a brutal stretch of games spread across two competitions with a second consecutive week of double games beginning with a Wednesday night showdown with a Seattle Sounders FC team that comes off an emotional come-from-behind win over D.C. United.

Match Preview: Columbus Crew versus Atlanta United FCProst Amerika
Columbus faces off against the first place team in the East, the first place team in the entire league in Atlanta United FC this Wednesday.

Revs trek to Bay Area, face Quakes in final pre-World Cup matchThe Bent Musket
Coming off an unexpected playoff year in 2017, San Jose’s transition under first-year manager Mikael Stahre has been anything but smooth. The long-time Swedish first division gaffer opened his MLS career with a home victory, but his squad has secured full points only once since then.

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Elite team draws top Burnaby playersBurnaby Now
Burnaby’s top female soccer talent is part of the mix on a team playing at the highest level in the province. TSS Academy launched a women’s team this year after debuting a men’s premier development league team last year.

Youth soccer will have new look in September Richmond News
New B.C. Coastal Soccer League brings boys and girls leagues along with Metro Selects under same umbrella.

Collingwood Cavaliers cap historic soccer season with B.C. silverNorth Shore News
The Collingwood Cavaliers senior girls soccer team found out this year that making a little bit of history can be pretty darn hard.

Pinnacles soccer falls to Khalsa Sporting ClubPenticton Western News
Penticton Pinnacles hit the pitch against one of the top teams in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.

Sinclair nears international goals recordBurnaby Now
Burnaby’s Christine Sinclair, captain of the Canadian women’s national soccer team, is just 11 goals away from smashing the world record for most international goals. Sinclair scored the first goal at Sunday’s first home match of 2018 against Germany in Hamilton, Ont., her 173rd international goal.

Want to spot a soccer diver? Look at the arms, UVic scientist saysThe Province
Maybe it really does take a brain scientist to figure out what diving is and isn’t in soccer. University of Victoria neuroscientist Paul Zehar says it’s really actually pretty simple to figure out if a player has gone down on their own: look at what they do with their arms.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: KYSA seeks an Executive Director (PDF File)KYSA
Kamloops Youth Soccer Association has an exciting opprtunity available for an Executive Director.

PHOTOS: BC Provincial Men’s A Cup: BCT Rovers Tigers Utd. 5, Langley Utd. 2 (XT) – BC Soccer Web
Exclusive photos for BC Soccer Web by Bill Currie.

PHOTOS: 2018 BC Provincial Cup Parade of Champions – BC Soccer Web
See the winners from the 2018 BC Provincial Cup.

TSS Rovers release Season Tickets for the 2018 season TSS Rovers
A great summer of soccer is in store at Swangard Stadium with the PDL & WPSL TSS Rovers. Season yickets are only $70.

Victoria Highlanders FC 2018 Season Tickets now on saleVictoria Highlanders
Spend your summer with the PDL Highlanders at Centennial Stadium for only $75.

Canada’s College ID Camps set for Shawnigan Lake & Kingston, OntarioCanada College ID Camps
Our purpose is to provide a space where players grade 9-12 can connect with college coaches from all levels in Canada and the USA. We hope to assist in the promotion of youth players into environments which will challenge them academically and athletically after high school.

Becoming a BC Soccer RefereeBCSA
Whether you are an experienced referee new to British Columbia or if you are new to the discipline of refereeing BC Soccer Assoc. has a clinic and a pathway for you. The minimum age to become a referee is 12 years old (small sided) and 14 years old (11-a-side). Please enjoy the short video showcasing some Referee programs that BC Soccer offers and continue below for more on how to become a referee in BC!

Free Physiotherapy Clinical Trial for Achilles Pain at UBC – UBC Centre for Hip Health & Mobility
Do you have Achilles pain? Interested in free Physiotherapy? If yes, join our clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation (IMS), a form of acupuncture therapy, in treating Achilles tendon pain.

The BC Soccer Web Guide to Empire Field BC Soccer Web
Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is the lofty and formal name given to Vancouver’s newest addition to the soccer scene. Yet, anyone who’s ever kicked or carried both kinds of footballs around these parts knows the place by heart.

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Canada qualifies for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018CSA
A late goal from Andersen Williams gave Canada a 2:1 victory over Haiti and secured the young Canadians’ spot at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018. All the scoring was done in the second half, with Canada’s Jordyn Huitema and Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay the goalscorers before the Williams winner in the 89th minute. With the win, Canada finished in third place at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in Bradenton, FL, USA.

Late winner from Williams gets Canada to U-17 Women’s World Cupthe11.ca
Andersen Williams’s 88th-minute header bounded right through a pack of Haitian defenders before it crossed the line — giving Canada a 2-1 win and a berth in the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

LeBlanc named head of CONCACAF women’s footballTSN
Former Canadian international goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc has been named to the new position of head, women’s football for CONCACAF.

Griffons Look to Put Longueuil Draw “In the Past”The Link
After earning two red cards, all seemed lost for Club de Soccer Longueuil. But a 92nd minute goal would leave the Griffons shocked.

Blainville strikes first in historic meeting in LavalThe Suburban
It was a historic meeting for the Canada Soccer and Soccer Quebec record books as AS Blainville, the the Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ) took on the Oakville Blue Devils of League 1 Ontario last Wednesday night at Stade Desjardins in the Bois du Boulogne Sports Complex in Laval.

Keen Competition in Packed PLSQ-F PinnacleNorthern Starting XI
With just one month in and five games played in the Première Ligue du soccer du Québec’s (PLSQ-F) inaugural season few observers would probably have anticipated that the competition would be so closely fought.

Cambridge new soccer field complex to get $1.2MCBC
Cambridge councillors have conditionally approved buying a 22 hectare property at a price of $1.2 million for a new outdoor soccer complex.

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USL Executives Praise World Cup DecisionUSL
Executive leadership of the United Soccer Leagues offered their praise on Wednesday morning for FIFA’s decision to select the United 2026 bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Marcel Schäfer Departs Rowdies for VFL Wolfsburg ReturnTampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies confirmed today that they are releasing Marcel Schäfer from his contract obligation in order to allow him to return to German Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg to take the position of Sporting Director.

For three members of FC Cincinnati, Wednesday’s Equality Night is a special date where they can celebrate the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and show their support for a cause important to them.


Orlando Pride not overlooking dangerous, winless Sky Blue FCPro Soccer USA
Things haven’t been going well for Sky Blue FC this season. A winless start to the 2018 campaign has the New Jersey side sitting at the bottom of the NWSL table, but Orlando coach Tom Sermanni thinks Sky Blue still poses a threat when it faces the Pride at Orlando City Stadium Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

International NWSL player Roundup: Jessica Fishlock earns British honor; Women’s World Cup Qualifiers and FriendliesVavel
Jess Fishlock is awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services in women’s football and LGBT community. Plus, European, Africa Women’s World Cup qualifiers and International friendlies.

Sky Blue FC Trades Leon For Seattle Fourth Round Pick in 2019 NWSL College DraftOnce a Metro
Sky Blue FC announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club has acquired a natural fourth round draft pick from Seattle Reign FC in the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft in exchange for forward Adriana Leon.

USA U-17 girls soccer beats Mexico for Concacaf titlePalo Alto Online
Hannah Bebar and Sunshine Fontes also scored for the U.S., which had clinched a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Uruguay just by reaching the final.

Heath scores in return to give USWNT 2-1 win over ChinaThe Equalizer
The United States women’s national team defeated China, 2-1, in Cincinnati on Tuesday night behind goals from Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Li Ying scored for China to prevent a second straight shutout for the visitors.

Lisa Evans says Scotland ‘need’ to reach the 2019 World CupBBC Sport
Lisa Evans insists Scotland “need” to be at the World Cup finals in France next year after a thrilling 3-2 win against Poland kept their hopes alive.

Jess Fishlock: Wales Women’s win over Russia their best performance everBBC Sport
Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock says Wales Women’s 3-0 win over Russia was the best performance she’s ever been involved in for her country.

Division 1 Féminine End of Season AwardsVavel
The Division 1 Féminine season ended with Olympique Lyonnais being crowned champions once again and ASPTT Albi and Olympique de Marseille heading to the second division. Below we will look at the players we felt dominated proceedings in their respectable categories.

Orlando Pride’s Kristen Edmonds shares her incredible story of playing around the world to working at Planet Fitness to achieve her soccer dreamsThe Comeback
Kristen Edmonds has had a unique path in her pro soccer career but one that has paid off due to sheer perseverance.

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Paris St-Germain need to sell 60m euros worth of players to meet FFP rulesBBC Sport
Paris St-Germain need to sell 60m euros (£52.9m) worth of players by the end of June, to comply with financial fair play (FFP) rules.

Former Argentina coach Bielsa headed for Leeds role: reportsYahoo Sports
Maverick former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa is close to agreeing to becoming the surprise new manager of sleeping English football giants Leeds United according to media reports.

Thomas Lemar: Atletico Madrid reach ‘preliminary agreement’ to sign Monaco wingerBBC Sport
The France international – who has spent three seasons with Monaco since arriving from Caen – is in Russia for the World Cup.

Chivas face huge risk in replacing Matias Almeyda with Jose Saturnino CardozoESPN
New Chivas coach Jose Saturnino Cardozo was presented on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous week for Mexico’s most popular team in which their manager, sporting director and star player all exited.

Filippo Inzaghi: Bologna appoint former Italy striker as manager after he leaves VeneziaBBC Sport
Former Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi has been appointed as manager of Serie A side Bologna.

AFC joins the commercial big league with $4bn+ rights deal for 2021-28 cycleInside World Football
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has secured a huge uplift in revenue for its commercial rights, landing a potentially $4 billion-plus deal with specially formed DDMC Fortis after an 15-month tender process.

9 arrested for corruption in building of new Roma stadiumSportsnet
Roma’s long-delayed plans to build a new stadium hit another major obstacle Wednesday when nine people were arrested for alleged corruption linked to bureaucratic matters involving the venue.

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